Mosa Tsay is a contemporary-minded cellist and concert experience designer based in San Francisco and New York City.
Mosa performs with Wavefield Ensemble in NYC and has been a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for the premiere of multimedia opera “Echo Drift” at PROTOTYPE Festival and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s album, AEQUA. She has collaborated with over 30 composers in her work with AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble. Mosa is an alumna of Doublestop Foundation and performed as an ambassador of the foundation after winning its Instrument Loan Competition in 2014. She was featured as a soloist (Schelomo and Schumann Cello Concerto) with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, as winner of its Concerto Competition. Other notable performances include the 2017 Juilliard and Sibelius Academy tour to Stockholm and Helsinki with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Mendelssohn octet with Danish String Quartet.
As former Artistic Director of Celli@Berkeley and a San Francisco-based collective of cellists, Mosa commissioned and premiered new works for celli and electronics in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she co-produced Celli@Berkeley’s debut CD album in collaboration with composer Jared Redmond and Grammy-winning Barry Phillips.
Mosa recently received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School. She holds bachelor's degrees in Music and in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley. Her honors thesis explored “Silence: In Performance and Within the Performer,” an analysis of the role of silence in music by J.S. Bach, Hans Werner Henze and John Cage.
Born to Taiwanese parents, she began playing cello at age seven in San Diego. Her past teachers include Joel Krosnick, Jonathan Koh, and Catherine Godden.
Mosa plays a 1900 Collin-Mezin cello, on loan from a private collection.
Presenting music outside of traditional performance spaces.
Mosa is the Regional Community Manager for Groupmuse in San Francisco. Prior to joining the startup, she presented 2 sold-out Massivemuses at a chocolate factory in Brooklyn and a co-working space in San Francisco. Her penchant for seeking interdisciplinary collaborations led to the San Francisco premiere of a work by Scott Rubin for 8 cellos and dancer controlling live electronics with motion sensors.
Mosa has performed 90 groupmuses in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.
Mosa produced concerts for Celli@Berkeley, a 12-piece cello ensemble, at the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2016, she launched Celloscape, a collective of 14 cellists and composers dedicated to premiering new works for the cello. The debut concert, held at Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio in Oakland, was sponsored by Mrs. Laurence Beasley, Jennifer Howard, Marco Rozzano, and Linda Barnett.
Mosa is co-founder of Versoi Ensemble, a collaboration between Finnish and American musicians from a previous joint orchestra tour of Juilliard and Sibelius Academy students (conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen). Versoi Ensemble debuted at the United Nations, Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall in New York and Holley Hall in Sarasota, Florida in November 2018.
As an arts administrator, she has contributed to Marlboro Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Mosa often serves as a fundraising consultant for emerging artists and new projects.
All project proposals are welcome. (E.g., space, light, color, electronics, succulents, silence, sculpture, linen, sound installations, improvisation, contact mics)